Kirsty Oswald is a freelance journalist specialising in medicine and genetics. She has previously worked as a healthcare copywriter and was a news reporter at medwireNews, where she covered respiratory medicine, public health and general practice. She is the current Genetics Editor of BioNews, a newsletter on genetics, stem cell research and assisted conception, published by the Progress Educational Trust. She has a degree in Human Sciences from UCL.
There is no clear evidence that pharmaceutical care-based interventions improve appropriate polypharmacy in older people, results of a recent Cochrane Review show.
A review of older people with diabetes who take sulfonylureas led to 58% being deprescribed the medication, according to results of research carried out by the West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, were implicated in more overdose-related deaths in 2016 than prescription opioids in the United States.